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Cool Stuff: Oz Wars T-Shirt

27 December 2010 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] TeeFury's t-shirt of the day [2] is a Star Wars/Wizard of Oz mash-up designed by Denism79 and titled "Oz Wars". You might remember that last week it was announced [3] that Mike Johnson (co-director of the 2005 film Corpse Bride) had signed on to direct the CG/Stop-Motion hybrid feature film Oz Wars. For the story I used an image [4] that re-imagined the Wizard of Oz characters as members of the Rebel Alliance. This design goes off of the same premise, and even features the same title (coincidence? I think not!). The t-shirt is available for only $9 plus shipping, and will only be available today (and today only). [1] http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/ZZ7CDE0DD4.jpg [2] http://www.teefury.com/ [3] http://www.slashfilm.com/corpse-bride-codirector-mike-johnson-helm-cgstopmotion-hybrid-oz-wars/ [4] http://www.slashfilm.com/corpse-bride-codirector-mike-johnson-helm-cgstopmotion-hybrid-oz-wars/ »

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Corpse Bride Co-Director Mike Johnson to Helm Oz Wars for Vanguard Films

17 December 2010 12:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

John Williams, President and CEO of Vanguard Films has announced that Mike Johnson (Corpse Bride) will direct its new CG/stop-motion hybrid feature film, Oz Wars. The film was written by Rob Moreland (Space Chimps, City of Dragons) and Athena Gam (Alien Rock Band). Oz Wars transforms the Oz narrative into a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters.

Check out the press release below for all the details.

Official Press Release:

Corpse Bride Co-director Mike Johnson At Helm Of Vanguard’S

Animated Film Oz Wars

(Los Angeles, CA; December 15, 2010) – John Williams, President and CEO of Vanguard Films, announced today the company has signed Oscar™ and Annie Award-nominee Mike Johnson, co-director of Corpse Bride, to direct its CG/stop-motion hybrid feature film, Oz Wars.

Mike Johnson is a spectacular director and one of the masters of stop-motion, »

- Jason Moore

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'Corpse Bride' Co-Director Mike Johnson To Helm 'Oz Wars,'

16 December 2010 12:56 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Contemporary Story Will Feature Martial Arts, Black Magic & Warrior Witches Yeah, we know, the amount of "The Wizard Of Oz" projects in development is already well on this side of ridiculous but it appears that any idea is a good idea in Hollywood, so why not one more. "Corpse Bride" co-director Mike Johnson has been hired on to helm "Oz Wars." The stop-motion animated film will feature a contemporary setting, warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters. Far out! But with a script by Rob Moreland ("Space Chimps," "Happily 'N Ever After") and Athena Gam we're not exactly… »

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Another ‘Oz’ Flick Takes Dorothy Out Of Kansas and Into Warzone

16 December 2010 8:32 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

As if the pile-on of Snow White projects wasn’t enough to curb Hollywood’s current insatiable appetite for fairy tales, now there’s over half-a-dozen “Wizard of Oz” movies in various stages of development.

Adding itself to that overstuffed list today is a stop-motion animated reinvisimaginingbootquel called “Oz Wars,” but it sounds like this part of Oz is on the wrong side of the tracks.

Variety says Vanguard Films’ twisted take will be part L. Frank Baum, part “World of Warcraft,” with (even wickeder?) witches, black magic, kung-fu, and monsters aplenty.

“Oz Wars” will be helmed by Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” co-director Mike Johnson, who promises it’s “not just for kids…The Land of Oz will be reimagined using stop-motion to create a world that’s dark, slick, sexy and dangerous.”

We’ll hold ya to that, Johnson, ’cause from that description we’re expecting lots of new seedy bars, »

- Max Evry

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Morning Meme: Sir Ian McKellen Lives Out and Proud, Katee Sackhoff's New Show, and David Boies Does "The Colbert Report"

16 December 2010 5:41 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

 

Sir Ian McKellen is my hero. Speaking about homophobia to school children in conjunction with Stonewall, he says he’s doing it because “By talking frankly about my own life as a gay man and listening to the concerns of staff and students, parents and governors, I hope the visits arranged by Stonewall may make a difference in the classroom and the playground.”

Ft. Worth Councilman Joel Burns is a finalist for Texan of the Year. If a gay man wins this award, you can find me skiing at my chalet in hell.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced, and I really don’t care. Donna Summer didn’t make it. And Neil Diamond did. Not that either of those two have anything to do with rock and roll.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t even pick up a book titled Being Gay is Disgusting or God »

- Ed Kennedy

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Corpse Bride co-director taking on Oz Wars

16 December 2010 2:36 AM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

The Wizard of Oz is getting fair rinsed for inspiration in Hollywood at the moment. Six films based around the original novel are currently in either pre-production or movie limbo – and a seventh has just been added to the line-up. Corpse Bride co-director Mike Johnson has been hired by Vanguard Films to helm Oz Wars, a CG stop-motion movie that is sounding pretty dark... and very weird. “It’s an animated action-adventure story, but unlike most animated films, it's not just for kids,” Johnson says. “The Land of...

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- Josh Winning

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Mike Johnson Launches Oz Wars

15 December 2010 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Everyone and their directing uncle, it would appear, is ready to step on the Wizard of Oz remix bandwagon (or should that be twister?) The latest filmmaker taking a stab at Dorothy and co is Mike Johnson, who is crafting the stop-motion-animated Oz Wars for Vanguard Films.Johnson, who has some history with stop-motion, having worked on The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach as an animation tech before graduating to co-direct Corpse Bride with Tim Burton, is working from a script by Space Chimps writer Rob Moreland and Athena Gam.Oz Wars will bring a darker shade to the traditional Frank L Baum narrative, with Dorothy encountering warrior witches, black magic and monsters."It is an animated action-adventure story, but unlike most animated films, it's not just for kids," Johnson tells Variety. "The Land of Oz will be reimagined using stop-motion to create a world that's dark, »

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Mike Johnson To Direct CGI/Stop-Motion Animated Oz Wars

15 December 2010 3:19 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Here’s Wizard of Oz project #1765 in development right now – but at least this one is trying to do something a little different.

Academy Award nominated & co-Corpse Bride helmer Mike Johnson has signed on to direct Oz Wars, a CGI/Stop-Motion hybrid animated film that transforms the familiar L. Frank Baum fantasy into “a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters.”

Written by Rob Moreland (Space Chimbs 1 & 2) and Athena Gam (Alien Rock Band), Oz Wars is promised to be ‘not just for kids’ and will be set in a world that is ‘dark, slick, sexy, and dangerous’.

The project is setup at Vangard Films to begin shooting next year and will be made at “an unprecedentedly economical cost point” via it’s use of state-of-the-art stop motion equipment. I would expect with Johnson’s »

- Matt Holmes

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Mike Johnson Brings On The 'Oz Wars'

15 December 2010 2:57 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Vanguard Animation continues to plump up their list of films under their belt with "Oz Wars." Set to be taken on by "Corpse Bride" co-director Mike Johnson, the production will be a cool mixture of CG and stop-motion animation. Read on some more to see what it's all about.John Williams, President and CEO of Vanguard Films, announced today the company has signed Oscar™ and Annie Award-nominee Mike Johnson, co-director of "Corpse Bride," to direct its CG/stop-motion hybrid feature film, "Oz Wars.""Mike Johnson is a spectacular director and one of the masters of stop-motion," says Williams. "We all think 'Oz Wars' is a wildly original and commercial project hat will thrill and astonish audiences. Additionally, due to revolutionary new stop-motion software, Mike will be making this world-class quality film at an unprecedentedly economical cost point." "Oz Wars," written by Rob Moreland ("Space Chimps" 1 & 2 and Vanguard's upcoming live action »

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‘Corpse Bride’ Co-Director Mike Johnson to Helm CG/Stop-Motion Hybrid ‘Oz Wars’

15 December 2010 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Mike Johnson has signed on to direct the CG/Stop-Motion hybrid feature film Oz Wars. The Academy Award and Annie Award-nominee got his start as the Assistant Animation Rigger and Assistant Animator on The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was an animator on James and The Giant Peach, directed three episodes of the lat 1990's Fox clay animated television series The PJs, and was co-director of the 2005 film Corpse Bride. So basically, he has a long history with stop motion animation. Written by Rob Moreland (Space Chimps 1 & 2) and Athena Gam (Alien Rock Band), Oz Wars attempts to transform the Wizard of Oz narrative into "a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters." It's being described as an animated film thats "not just for kids," as the world will be "dark, slick, sexy, and dangerous." Read the press release after the jump. »

- Peter Sciretta

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‘Finding Nemo’ & ‘Despicable Me’ Writers Team For Sony Animation; ‘Corpse Bride’ Director On ‘Oz Wars’

15 December 2010 1:43 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Two major animation projects have been announced today. First, Variety reports that David Reynolds, who co-scribed Finding Nemo is setting up his directorial debut for Sony Animation, who most recently delivered the successful Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. He will write the script with Despicable Me‘s Stephan Franck. The film is currently untitled and has no plot details, only a quick shot of praise from Sony Pictures Animation executive producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein:

We are thrilled and excited to be making a movie at Sony Pictures Animation with Stephan directing and David, one of the funniest writers in the business.

Also announced today, via Coming Soon, is the next feature from Oscar-nominated Corpse Bride co-director Mike Johnson. He will direct a CG/stop-motion hybrid feature film, Oz Wars. The animation is written by Rob Moreland (Space Chimps 1 & 2) and Athena Gam (upcoming Alien Rock Band), in which the Oz »

- Jordan Raup

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Stop-Motion Wizard of Oz Flick In The Works

15 December 2010 1:37 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The Wizard of Oz is a beloved bit of creative fantasy – no one denies that, but Hollywood’s plan to release multiple Oz-inspired projects over the next few years is testing the patience of even the most fiercely loyal fans out there.

Now there’s yet another Oz project in the works, titled Oz Wars, and it means to refashion Dorothy’s experiences in Oz as a CG/stop-motion animated adventure flick full of black magic, warrior witches, and martial arts action (you read that correctly).

Vanguard Films is the economic force behind Oz Wars and Variety is reporting that the company has tapped stop-motion animation veteran Mike Johnson (who co-directed Corpse Bride with Tim Burton) to direct the pic. The plan is to use state-of-the-art stop-motion software to complete the project at a cheap cost…

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Another Wizard of Oz Film is Going into Production - Oz Wars

15 December 2010 12:08 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

There are a few different Wizard of Oz inspired films currently in development right now in Hollywood including Sam Raimi's The Great And Powerful Oz for Disney. Josh Olson (A History of Violence) is developing a sequel to Oz, which focuses on Dorothy's granddaughter who returns to Oz to fight evil. The other film is simply called Oz, which is set up over at Warner's New Line, and is being produced by Twilight's Temple Hill. Then there is John Boorman who is developing a CGI version of the story based on the original novel by Franck L. Baum.

Now there's another Oz film being made called Oz Wars that will be created in a CGI/Stop Motion hybrid animated style. According to the press release the film "transforms the Oz narrative into a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, »

- Venkman

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'Corpse Bride' Co-Director Mike Johnson Looks to Start 'Oz Wars'

15 December 2010 11:46 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

While it sounds like we don't have to worry about a Wizard of Oz remake anytime soon, that doesn't mean other filmmakers aren't interested in journeying to the great land of Oz with some different stories. We know Sam Raimi is set to direct Robert Downey Jr. in Oz: The Great and Powerful, and it looks like another director is ready to go down the yellow brick road. Variety reports Mike Johnson, who co-directed The Corpse Bride with Tim Burton, will direct the CG/stop-motion animated film Oz Wars for Vanguard Films. The story sees Dorothy caught in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters with a contemporary touch. Vanguard Films is making a big push to for new talent and content recently as the company recently landed Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson to a production deal which includes the feature Alien Rock Band. They're »

- Ethan Anderton

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Witches, Monsters, and Black Magic Abound in Oz Wars

15 December 2010 11:26 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We've always maintained that The Wizard of Oz is rife with horror elements. In fact, as charming as it may be, it's also one of the creepiest films ever made. True, that's not exactly popular opinion, but the new feature Oz Wars may make you look at things a bit differently.

According to Variety Vanguard Films has tapped Mike Johnson, co-director of Corpse Bride, to helm its CG/stop-motion feature Oz Wars.

Oz Wars, written by Rob Moreland and Athena Gam, is a transformation of the Oz narrative with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters against a contemporary backdrop.

Oz Wars is an "animated action-adventure story, but unlike most animated films, it's not just for kids," Johnson said. "The Land of Oz will be reimagined using stop-motion to create a world that's dark, slick, sexy and dangerous."

Look for more soon. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Sexy Dorothy + kung fu = 'Oz Wars'

15 December 2010 10:50 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Another day, another Wizard of Oz project announced. According to Variety, Corpse Bride co-director Mike Johnson will make the CG/stop-motion Oz Wars. Of course, there’s already Summertime Entertainment’s animated Dorothy of Oz, with Lea Michele voicing Dorothy Gale. There’s Disney’s Oz, The Great and Powerful, with Sam Raimi and Robert Downey Jr. attached. Warner Bros. has a project languishing in development with Dakota Fanning reportedly playing Dorothy’s great-granddaughter. Last month, there were even rumors that Robert Zemeckis was prepping a shot-by-shot remake of the 1939 original, but those reports were quickly shot down.

But give »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Mike Johnson's Directing Oz Wars

15 December 2010 9:23 AM, PST | movies.about.com | See recent About.com Hollywood Movies news »

Add one more Oz project to the mix as Vanguard Films just announced they signed up Mike Johnson to helm Oz Wars. What's Oz Wars? Good question. It's a CG/stop motion project with a premise that actually sounds sort of intriguing.

According to Vanguard's press release, this Oz story turns the "Oz narrative into a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters." Kind of sounds like something Tim Burton would come up with, doesn't it? Well Johnson did co-direct Corpse Bride with Burton and was an animator on The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, so the Burton connection is definitely there.

Commenting on Oz Wars, Johnson stated, "Oz Wars is an animated action-adventure story, but unlike most animated films, it's not just for kids. The Land of Oz will be »

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Yes: The World of ‘Oz’ Getting the Stop-Motion Treatment

15 December 2010 9:05 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Mike Johnson is an animator, the co-director of Corpse Bride and an Oscar nominee. For his next trick, he’ll be treading on the sacred ground of Oz in a way that none of the other twenty-nine directors of forthcoming Oz-based movies are attempting. He’s taking the characters into stop-motion territory with Oz Wars. This couldn’t be a better idea if it came with free gold bricks. Johnson has a short but focused resume, and the thought to take these beloved characters into a medium they’ve never been before is inspired. According to Variety, Vanguard Films is taking the task here, and they’ve already used the words “dark,” “sexy,” and “dangerous” to talk about the project. That’s cause for some concern (especially the sexy part), but the original 1939 film was always a bit dark and dangerous, so there’s nothing wrong with that. Now, if they could somehow get Henry Selick involved »

- Cole Abaius

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Stop-Motion Wizard Of Oz Coming From Corpse Bride Co-Director

15 December 2010 8:04 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There's a veritable storm of Wizard of Oz-inspired movies in the works right now, from Sam Raimi's prequel Oz: Great and Powerful to an adaptation of the hit musical Wicked to the animated film Dorothy of Oz, which should be in theaters soon. With all of that it's hard to believe there's room for one more Oz movie, but not only is Vanguard Films giving it a shot, they may have come up with something I'd actually want to see. According to a press release sent out by Vanguard Films, they're bringing in Corpse Bride co-director Mike Johnson to direct Oz Wars, described as a "transformation of the Oz narrative" that involves martial arts, monsters, and a contemporary setting. Yes, the fact that the producers are describing the project as "dark, slick, sexy and dangerous" is a little horrifying, but I'm trying to think positive and remember Coraline, another »

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'Corpse Bride' co-director to helm 'Oz Wars'

15 December 2010 7:29 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Oscar™ and Annie Award-nominee Mike Johnson (co-director of "Corpse Bride") will direct the CG/stop-motion feature "Oz Wars." This was announced today by John Williams, President and CEO of Vanguard Films. "Mike Johnson is a spectacular director and one of the masters of stop-motion,” says Williams. “We all think Oz Wars is a wildly original and commercial project that will thrill and astonish audiences. Additionally, due to revolutionary new stop-motion software, Mike will be making this world-class quality film at an unprecedentedly economical cost point.” Rob Moreland ("Space Chimps" 1 & 2 and Vanguard's upcoming "City of Dragons") and Athena Gam wrote the screenplay for what apparently transforms the Oz narrative into a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser »

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